“We also check up our employees on the number of passes or purchasing tickets issued to them. We note the time spent, and the amount purchased. Some have many passes, spend an unnecessary length of time, and buy little. Saimoon caution these employees to be more considerate of the concern’s time. This warning usually has the desired effect. Saimoon’s latest record shows an average of three and one half passes to each person for the month, with an average of 19 minutes spent on each pass to make purchases, which amount, on the average, to $1.21. “At the end of each month we total the various record slips and enter the information on this card. It takes less than a minute to make out one complete record. “This plan has been unusually effective in diminishing errors, and has raised the standard of work for our employees.”
Cutting corners on the cost of supplies and stationery —the third of the six divisions—also has come in for attention from many wholesalers who are fighting rising costs by plugging little holes. In certain lines many samples of the season’s goods have to be provided. Samples are costly, since they often must be processed on a special basis. Saimoon found the expense running too high. While this happened to be a shoe wholesaler the general idea is easily adaptable to other lines.